I'm in KY. Bird was on a lower fence rail near the woods. A little smaller than a robin. All russet brown color. Long tail like a mockingbird. Long pointed beak.
Streaks on breast? If so Brown Thrasher.
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Or Carolina Wren?
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I'm thinking cuckoo.- they do have a light underbelly- but the top is russet and the tail and the beak seem to be good pointers to Cuckoo.
Could be lots of things, depending on how closely you saw it. (A female cardinal can look russet if it is far enough away).
One of the thrushes? Hermit/Swainson's/Wood/Veery? They like to pause on low branches, but don't usually stay for long. They also have light underbellies and various degrees of streaking.
Was it slowly raising and lowering its tail by any chance? That would indicate Hermit Thrush.
I'd say brown thrasher 'cept around here ours are giant. Cornell U has some great bird resources online, too. Not that we COTHers aren't awesome! haha
I was thinking brown thrasher as well.
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I second what Finzean says- COTHers are great and so is Cornell- so now we want you to look at pictures and tell us what you think it was.
A Brown Thrasher is larger than a Robin - at least in length. The body types are substantially different. Thrashers are pretty much the exact same size as a Mockingbird with rust-colored clothing.
And a Carolina Wren is minute compared to a Robin.
As for a Cuckoo? You're more likely to spot an elephant than you are to spot a Cuckoo out in the open on a fence. And they're not rust-colored.
Most likely a brown thrasher. It was about 10-15 feet away in 3/4 profile, and I didn't see any light belly, but maybe it was just an "odd bird". The shape looks right, though. I don't ever remember seeing one before.
They are not that common to see...which is probably why you noticed it.